Did you know you have a superpower? It's so powerful it can literally change your life and the lives of everyone with whom you come in contact. A smile is a global symbol of joy; it can be recognized no matter the country you're in or the language you speak; it transcends all boundaries. A smile is the body's natural manifestation of happiness, peace, and joy.
Why is it sometimes hard to remember to smile? It's such a simple act, taking only seconds to share with another. Yet, more often than not, it remains unseen. It's as though a smile has become a secret, only to be shared sparingly. How often are we too afraid of rejection that we don't even bother trying to be friendly to strangers? I know that as I'm out and about, I am guilty of doing the duck and weave- no eye contact, just keep going! Living in a heavily populated area, like I do, makes it very easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of my day. It's easy to forget that there are millions of others around me.
I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. There is absolutely nothing in this world I hold more precious than the smiles he gives me. One smile from him and I am over the moon; even if I'm up to my elbows in poop, spit up, and I haven't cooked dinner or done laundry. His smile changes me, it makes my heart melt and my burdens lift. Since giving birth to my son, I have made a conscious effort to smile every single morning. It sets the tone for my day in a positive way. Even on days when I have to do something I dread. Somehow, that smile takes the edge off my worries. My own superpower is fighting against life's burdens.
It's so easy to get caught up in menial, daily tasks; whether it's school, work, or parenting- each has their downsides and unique challenges to face. If you could lighten your load, even a little, wouldn't you want to? Don't you want a little boost to help you through the daily grind? A smile is a gift that costs nothing but can be worth everything. One smile can change a person's mood, day, and sometimes, their life. A smiling face goes a long way to boost not only self-esteem and self worth, but one's entire being. it can make bearing our loads easier.
I want to challenge you to start smiling and stop avoiding. Sure you might get weird looks, frowns, or people quickly looking away. But it's ok, because you don't have anything to lose. So, smile, and lift the spirits of those around you. Because you can, and because it's a waste of a perfectly good superpower if you don't.
Photos for Foundation c/o Lauren Werkheiser Photography
Leslie graduated from BYU-Idaho with a BS in Communications. She is a firm believer that all good relationships start with healthy communication. She believes in seeing the best in those around her and loving everyone for who they are. Leslie is a new mother and enjoys spending time at home with her son. She loves to cook and travel, and she is a hockey fanatic. Visit www.diariesofadumpcook.blogspot.com to learn more.